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Hard Body by Tootsietoy – toy cars with full features

July 5, 2020 – by Doug Breithaupt When someone mentions Tootsietoy, most of us picture simple one-piece toy cars with basic wheels. In a previous story, I reviewed these basic cars beginning with the first small-scale die-cast car made by Tootsietoy in 1911. With the introduction of the Hard Body brand name in the late […]

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Metropolitan

April 6, 2020 by Doug Breithaupt The Metropolitan is not an American car. It was built in England by Austin, has a British engine and was a captive import car for Nash, Hudson and later, AMC. It was sold in the U.K. after 1955 as an Austin Metropolitan. The design, however, was American. Offered from […]

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The Beginning – 109 Years and Counting

February 2, 2020 – by Doug Breithaupt It all started in 1911. Every toy car in our combined collections can trace their history back to this date and a single model. The Dowst Manufacturing Company was based in Chicago, IL, and produced a variety of items including buttons, cuff links and toys. They found the […]

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